A Man of Many Faces: a Prototype Wooden Head from Basic Shapes
Creating interesting characters is an important part of making a wood automaton because they are often the actors on the mechanically-driven stage. In this article, we will make a generic male head that does not require woodcarving skills or special tools. This head can be modified to create countless different characters for your projects. Read more
Basic Woodworking by Sunset Books (Out of print, but easy to find and inexpensive) Amazon UK – US
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery by Gary Rogowski Amazon UK – US
Tools for Doweling
Commercially made dowel pins come in a variety of diameters for joining different thicknesses of wood.
The 1/4″ diameter dowels will serve your needs if you are using wood that is at least 1/2″ thick. Amazon UK – US
Dowel centres are little metal caps that go into a set of holes that have been drilled for dowels The dowel centres have points that are used to mark the locations for the dowel holes in a second piece of wood. Sets include pairs of common dowel sizes. Amazon UK – US
Dowel Centering Jig
This tool clamps to the edge of a board, automatically locating the center. Metal bushings of various sizes aid in drilling holes into the edge of the board. Amazon UK – US
Corner Clamps or Right Angle Clamps
These specialized clamps hold boards at right angles to each other, making the drilling for through-doweling much easier. Amazon UK – US
Collar stops are rings that are temporarily attached to a drill bit. The bit will drill only as deep as the collar permits. This is handy for drilling the faces of board that will be blind-doweled. Amazon UK – US
The latest automata edition from Fi Henshall features a beautiful but hungry bird, intent on devouring the book ‘Beasts’ by R C Bird.
Great style and movement.
This piece will be produced in an edition, and details may vary slightly. (Bespoke book title requests will be considered).